Kingston Police say four 12-year-olds are responsible for painting offensive graffiti on buildings on Sunday, Oct. 21 and did it for “shock value rather than hate.”
Police said it was important to share this information with the public following the shooting last Saturday that killed 11 at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
The Kingston graffiti included backwards swastikas, “666”, stars, and other tags.
According to police: “The investigation into the crime, corroborated by evidence, showed that the graffiti was sprayed where it was convenient. They were not spreading an ideology or belief, nor were they targeting any one individual, group, or entity in particular. Although this crime struck many emotions in our community, it was not motivated by bias of race, sex, religion or other prejudice.”
Police said the investigation was ongoing and no further information would be released at this time.